Book Smart - Fiction

Aug 14, 2007 at 6:01 pm
By Sheri Wright

If we try to describe him,
we won’t know
the color of his hair,
if his eyes are brown or blue,

no standout feature,
scars or tattoos.

The cashier sees only
the ten dollar bill in his hand.

No one holds the elevator for him.

As a child, he fastened on bits of shadow
from dark places where he hid.

After a while,
uncle didn’t notice him anymore.

Book Smart Challenge
Entries — either flash fiction or poetry — should be no more than 300 words. The deadline is the first business day of each month (for work to be published later that month). Contestants may submit up to three entries per month. LEO reserves the right to publish any submitted work in print and online. Send entries to [email protected], with “Book Smart Challenge” in the subject line, or mail to LEO, Book Smart Challenge, 640 S. Fourth St., Ste. 100, Louisville, KY 40202.